Edwardian Garnet Tortoise Shell Combs
Often neglected to be included into the definition of jewelry, for eons women (as well as men) have been ornamenting their locks with hair accessories ranging in materials from sea shells to wood to flowers to jewel encrusted precious metals. At times signifying social status or rank, in some cultures hair ornamentation was used as a means of communicating the marriage status of an individual.
Perfect for display or for wear, these Edwardian era tortoise shell hair combs or to be more precise, hair pins (having only two teeth) are each decorated in floral motif with fifty-two (52) flat and fancy cut pyropes or Bohemian garnets set into a 9 to 10k rose gold hinge. The rich wine hues of the gems show as vibrant and beautiful and not at all “inky” in coloration and are complimented by the warm tones of the rose gold.
Measurements: 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) in length; garnet area is 2-3/8 inches (6 cm) at the longest and averages 3/4 of an inch (1.9 cm) in width. Weight of 17.2 grams (11.1 dwt) for the pair.
Date: Circa 1900.
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